Take a moment to picture your own version of the perfect warehouse. Do images of perfectly stocked shelves come to your mind? Are you picturing items being tracked through every stage of the warehouse and shipping process? Are you imagining a system of order rather than your current system of chaos?
The perfect warehouse is not created overnight. It requires a lot of planning, hard work, and dedication. If your goal is to build the perfect warehouse, you will need to begin by optimizing your current warehouse processes. When properly carried out and with the help of the right tools, warehouse optimization can increase your company’s overall profitability, efficiency, and order accuracy.
Here at Scanco, we believe that the most successful companies are the most knowledgeable companies. For true warehouse optimization to work, you need to have the proper tools in place and need to be able to locate your items and orders in an instant. Warehouse management systems, barcoding software, and barcode scanners can help you achieve your own version of perfection and help you attain higher levels of warehouse optimization.
Keep the following characteristics in mind as you prepare to transform your warehouse to the warehouse of your dreams.
An Optimized Warehouse is a Technology-Driven Warehouse
Over the past few years, we have seen technology grow and evolve to fit every business need. Items in the warehouse can now be tracked using barcode scanners and scanning software. Processes can be made more efficient with warehouse management systems (WMS), and mobile computers have enabled warehouse workers to view item and order information wherever they are in the warehouse.
The most successful warehouses today can contribute their success to one thing: an optimized warehouse. An optimized warehouse is one in which its processes are made more efficient through the use of the proper technology. Warehouse automation tools, such as barcoding software, WMS systems, and mobile computers, can have a profound impact on picking accuracy, order turn-around times, labor costs, productivity, and profitability.
The barcode label, for instance, is the backbone of most warehouse management systems today and can hold quite a bit of information about any product in the warehouse. When used properly, barcode labels can track the progression of inventory throughout your warehouse from the moment it hits your dock. If you receive a product without a barcode label, you can print one for the product and choose the information you wish to be imbedded in the barcode label.
Once the barcode label has been scanned in the receiving process, the product can be put away, moved, and picked using the barcode on the item. This guarantees that your inventory never gets lost or misplaced. Barcode labels allow you to view the products currently stored in your warehouse and see where in the warehouse they are located. Your warehouse management system will track the movement of your inventory through the warehouse and deliver real-time information back to your ERP system, giving you the visibility you need to make the right decisions for your company.
An Optimized is an Organized Warehouse
You can have all the tools and related technology you want, but if your warehouse is not organized, it will never be fully optimized. Take the time to study the current layout of your warehouse and pinpoint any areas of concern. From picking methods that are not appropriate for your industry to bin locations that increase workload, there are many ways in which warehouse efficiency can be decreased by a warehouse’s current processes.
If you suspect that your processes are not at the level at which they should be, you should consider reorganizing your warehouse. This could include revisiting bin locations, re-evaluating your current picking methods, and implementing cycle counts to replace the once-a-year inventory count. With an organized warehouse, your workers will be able to focus on improving warehouse processes and, as a result, achieve warehouse optimization.
An Optimized Warehouse is an Automated Warehouse
If your warehouse is currently operating by manual processes, you will never achieve full warehouse optimization. Manual processes lead to wasted time, duplicate efforts, and unnecessary costs. If you suspect that your current processes are causing you to lose valuable time and money, it may be time to re-evaluate your processes and procedures.
When you are operating by automated processes and procedures, your warehouse is operating at maximum efficiency. Sit down and determine the changes that need to take place to achieve an optimized warehouse. Could your warehouse benefit from using an automated picking solution? Are you wasting time in the reporting process? Do your workers spend too much time searching for and locating items? An automated warehouse can solve these problems and lead you to full optimization.
An Optimized Warehouse uses Scanco’s Automation Series
We believe in making your dream of the perfect warehouse come true, which is why we have created the Automation Series for Sage 100 ERP users.
Offering Sage 100 ERP users an affordable and easy-to-use barcoding solution, our Automation Series works with users to automate warehouse transfers, physical counts, and shipping and receiving. With our Automation Series you have access to real-time reporting, giving you the ability to view what users are in process of picking orders, what users have picked orders, and what users have fulfilled orders. When an important customer calls about their order status, the answer will be at the click of a mouse.
Help your company achieve full warehouse optimization today with our Automation Series. With its robust reporting capabilities and barcode tracking system, you will not be disappointed. Stay tuned to our blog to learn how you can start building a better and more optimized warehouse today.